Round 1 - Referee Dan Stell. Melendez approaching slowly. He jabs in and THomson evades. The two clash, but neither gets the better. Thomson with a front kick. Melendez goes low twith a kick. Melendez closees and Thomson briefly trips him to the mat. Melendez back up and pursues with a low kick. THomson shoots again but is blocked and peels off with a knee. Cautious fight. Melendez eats a knee on his next advance. Melendez shoots in the open and dumps Thomson on the mat. Thomson sits against the cage and attempts to right himself. Melendez with short left hands. Thomson stands and throws a combo before resetting. Melendez advancing slowly. Melendez lands an uppercut and a knee when the two meet the cage. They reset. Thomson with a front kick. Misses with a straight right. Thomson knees from the linch but they peel off. Thomson tries a trip on the next clash but resets. Melendez pumping the jab, then unloads a few hooks that miss before THomson circles away. Left hook lands for Melendez. Thomson misses with a jab. Melendez misses with a hook. Twenty seconds left. Thomson lands a one-two and kick, and Melendez repays him by catching a kick and dumping him to the mat before Thomson pops up and the bell sounds. MMAjunkie.com scores the frame 10-9 for Melendez.
Round 2 - Melendez jabs in and the two trade frantically for a second, but neither gets the better. Melendez shoots but can't compete the takedown. He's got Thomson cornered against the cage and is looking for the big shot. Thomson kicks away before circling. Melendez back in, and Thomson issues a high kick. Melendez leads with an uppercut that misses, than a jab against the cage and a few arm punches before they clinch. Melendez lands a right to the side of the head before Thomson breaks off. Melendez back in with jabs, and Thomson evades. Both miss. Thomson whiffs a high kick. Melendez with jabs, but he's not following with much. Thomson charges and lands a glancing punch. Thomson goes to the body. Melendez swarms and tries to retort. He lands a body shot, but that's it. They trade jabs, and Thomson takes a finger to the eye that immediately causes him to wince. Action stops. He's OK. Melendez jabs in and lands a right. Thomson eats an uppercut. Melendez turning up the tempo, landing punches in close. Melendez goes to the body, and Thomson wants it down. Instead, it's Melendez who deposits him to the mat, and Thomson sits against the cage. Melendez scoops a leg, and Thomson can't get hup. When he does, he eats a flurry of punches. Thomson shoots with 10 seconds left, and a series of elbows to the side of the head stop his advance. MMAjunkie.com scores the frame 10-9 for Melendez.
Round 3 - Thomson leads with a jab. Melendez circles. Thomson's high kick is blocked. Melendez with a low kick. He misses with a one-two. Thomson high kick blocked. Melendez presses with a jab and catches with an uppercut as they hit the cage. Left hook lands for Melendez and Melendez shoots for a takedown. Melendez lands a shot, but he eats several on the counter as Thomson presses him back. Thomson presses for a takedown but can't get it. Melendez getting busy with his hands, elbow against the fence. Thomson in pursuit. He goes to the body. Uppercut lands, but he east a left hook. Melendez counter fails. Thomson trips Melendez to the mat, but Melendez somersaults up. Melendez with a nice uppercut. Thomson works jab to keep Melendez off. Melendez cornering him again, lands to the body. Melendez still closing, and THomson misses with a flurry of punches. He attempts to clinch, but Melendez tags him in close. Then THomson returns fires and scores multiple times. These guys are so evenly match. Another eye poke briefly halts the bout, but Thomson is going to suffer through it. Melendez eats a knee up the middle off a combo. Thomson unsuccessful with takedown attempt. Front kick lands for Thomson. They trade jabs as Melendez closes. 30 seconds. Melendez presses to the cage and Thomson keeps him at bay with a flurry that misses. They run out of time. MMAjunkie.com scores the frame 10-9 for Thomson in a very close round.
Round 4 - Melendez leads with a hook, then goes low with a kick. Thomson responds with head kick that connects. Melendez looks for the counter. He jabs in and closes with a right. Left hook again. Thomson with a nice right hand. Lefgt hook for Melendez and then high kick for Thomson. Melendez shoots for a takedown and dumps Thomson to the mat. Again, he's against the cage and quickly gets back up. Left hook from Melendez is blocked. Melendez with a one-two and uppercut. THmson's high kick blocked. Melendez shoots again during a lull, and takes an elbow to the flank. This time, he can't finish it and resets. Another possible eye poke from Melendez, but Thomson brushes it off. A flurry lands on the lsat punch for Thomson. Then he trips Melendez to the mat and lands a shot from up top. Melendez counters with elbows to the dome. Melendez slithers out but Thomson gets his back and sinks a rear-naked choke. It doesn't looks like it's under the neck. Thomson switches arms, and that's not under the neck either. Melendez working to escape, but can't shake Thomson, not even by pitching them to the canvas. Round ends with Thomson hurling punches at Melendez's back. Great round. MMAjunkie.com scores the frame 10-9 for Thomson.
Round 5 - Melendez again closes. Jabs in. Thomson evading. They trade against the fence. Melendez shoots again for the takedown and this time does damage when Thomson pops up. Melendez jabs in. One-two is blocked. Thomson now on the pursuit. His high kick is blocked. He fakes the trip and lands a punch. Thomson lands a right hand at the end of an exchange. Melendez corners him and lands a elf hook, prompting a reply from Thomson that's blocked. Melendez is chasing the counter now. Thomson lands with a right hand and a high kick. Thomson's takedown attempt is blocked, and Melendez's goes nowhere, too. Thomson on the pursuit, jabbing. Thomson again claims an eye poke from the outstretched arm of Melendez. Fight restarts after a brief break, and Thomson is jabbing forward. Melendez working the left hook. Thomson charges and lands knees in close. They trade in a frenzy of punches and it's hard to tell who came out ahead. Melendez shoots, and it's blocked. Thomson chases him with punches. He trips Melendez to the mat and lands in guard. Melendez flailing with shots to the side of the head. Thomson attacks the body. Melendez flailing with pitter patter shots, and Thomson fires off a few punches before the bell sounds. Both fighters raise their arms afterward. Great, great fight. MMAjunkie.com scores the frame 10-9 for Thomson. Gilbert Melendez def. Josh Thomson via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47)